Collaboration is a core element of how we work which requires the creation of extended teams on a project or long term engagement. Whilst the majority of our teams are internal staff, there is still a critical element of any project that requires the inclusion of our clients and/or external vendors. It is imperative that Microsoft Teams allows for the easy (but secure) inclusion of external parties for the length of any project or engagement.
This is why historically products like Groups etc. have not been adopted as widely as we would hope. If the tool only allows for 60-70% of a team to participate, it breaks. If a tool does not allow 100% of those who need to be involved to participate equally, if breaks and our users and clients have far too many alternative solutions that they can easily adopt (Slack etc.) to quickly and efficiently do their jobs.
Finally, making external parties sign up for a Microsoft account (such as Hotmail) to authenticate against any collaboration service does not work, and better approach is required and needed.
The #1 requested feature for Microsoft Teams is now here!
We’re starting to roll out the ability to add anyone as a guest in Microsoft Teams. This means that anyone with a business or consumer email account, such as Outlook.com, Gmail.com or others, can participate as a guest in Teams with full access to team chats, meetings and files.
Thank you all for your feedback and support!
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Is there an ETA on this feature? It is a needed feature to win over Slack.
Rubin Dhillon commented
Lack of external access is preventing me from rolling Teams out. Looks like Slack is our tool.
Victor K. commented
Any ETA on this? I already submitted this comment a week ago, but it never made it in the thread for some reason.
Marco Föllmer commented
jfyi until this is not implemented, we will not move away from slack.
I can't even use teams without external access. My job as an integrator of services and technology requires us to constantly work with external partners. I can't help them with this tool yet. As cool as it is, it is unusable in its current state for organizations that work externally.
Victor K. commented
Is there any ETA on this?
Please add this feature. How can we replace skype for business with Teams if it doesn't allow me to add external contractors into it? I can tell you how, we can't! At least allow us to add external skype (non-skype for business) users into teams. That would be acceptable. For now I might as well go back to skype for business. (sad face)
Bruce Kraft commented
I'm BEGGING... We need this feature! Make this a true slack competitor... not just a competitor, BUT A SLACK KILLER. Please give us access to teams to external access.
Bob Reno commented
External Members and Federation capabilities within Microsoft Teams is vital for both the end users of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft to meet their strategic objectives. Having External Members and Federation in Microsoft Teams would allow us to drop several other non-integrated tools that we presently must rely upon, as well as, integrate our use of OneNote, Excel, Word, and OneDrive through a Single Point of Integration and Collaboration. Please provide any information that you can about if and when External Members and Federation capabilities are to be added to Microsoft Teams. 80% of our collaboration on projects is external to our organization.
For people who need to connect with external Teams (or even with customers/suppliers using Slack). I am extending Smooz (www.smooz.io) from bridging Slack teams to bridging Slack AND MS Teams.
I am looking for early access users to help finalize the features and provide critical feedback. If that can solve a need for you, please contact me at email@example.com
Most of the teams we would use this for have external as well as internal members so MS Teams is not useful until this feature is added. I guess Microsoft wants to force corporate adoption of Office 365 but it should also allow external domains to be Federated
Frits Jan Smit commented
The need to collaborate with externals
Especially for small corporates that are eco-platform-thinking!
Willem Asselbergs commented
Yes. Key element. It is the strength of Slack. Let it not become the weakness of Teams before people even start using it. Already an issue on my end now also.
Dennis Strain commented
Allowing external members to access MS Teams is a critically important idea if we are to adopt this new service.
Daniel Ch. Bloch commented
Yes from me as well. A very important request as we work close with our customers!
Jani 'Jassi' Hyytiäinen commented
5 minutes after discovering Teams, I searched for Teams UserVoice in order to request this. So Yes!
We would really appreciate such a functionality!
I have to echo John's comment. Teams is very limited without the ability to add external users. Customer collaboration is a key piece for us to move to teams away from other solutions.
John McNeilly commented
Without the ability to add external users, Teams are limited in that you cannot collaborate with clients.
Ha Bui commented
We've worked with a lot of clients having normal Skype/SfB, would love to see this feature in Teams